Released in 1954, the Rolex GMT-Master resulted from a collaboration between now-extinct airline Pan Am and Rolex on a watch that would display the time across two time zones at once. Thanks to the popularisation of commercial air travel, planes were becoming more advanced and traveling longer distances. This resulted in pilots crossing time zones during flights more frequently, and thus a need for uniformity across the aviation industry was highlighted. To eliminate errors caused by time confusion, the industry adopted a standard time-zone, Greenwich Mean Time. As such, the GMT-Master's fourth hand, its 2nd hour hand, was used to constantly display Greenwich Mean Time, as its model name implies, while its regular hour hand displayed local time. While the aviation industry's standard time-zone switched to Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) in 1972, the name of the legendary GMT-Master was far too long in use for Rolex to change it. Today, the GMT-Master has become one of Rolex's most iconic models, with very few pilot's watches, if any, rivaling its level of fame, popularity, or signature design – and it certainly looks like it will stay that way.
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Vetted & Approved
Box, Warranty Card, Manuals, Hang Tag
Est. value range
$30,000 – $40,000
The overall condition of the watch is near mint, nearly new. Aside from a few minor surface scratches on the high polished section of the bracelet, it appears to be practically unworn.
It will likely feel like an eternity before a call might arrive from your authorized dealer claiming they've found a GMT for you...here is an incredible oppurtunity to obtain one right away. Replacing the black dial variant in 2018, this is a truly understated watch that I consider one of the best in the current Rolex lineup.